Old vs New: The Great Housing Debate

When you make the decision to buy a home, choosing between old and new builds is one of the biggest choices you can make. And there are plenty of advantages and disadvantages on both sides, which are worth considering in more detail. Of course, each house has its own merits, but within this article, we will give a basic overview of the main advantages of new and old homes. So, let’s get started.

Reasons to Buy an Old Home

First of all, old homes tend to be located in neighbourhoods that are more established, so a lot of other facilities have already been built around them. This means that you can visit the area to have a walk around and get a pretty good idea about what to expect while you are there. One of the biggest arguments that people offer in favour of older properties is that they have a sense of character and history that new builds simply cannot provide. If you are a fan of architecture and period features, an older house may be for you. When you are making an offer on an old home, what you see is what you get, and you can look into the property’s history with more information so you can make an informed bid. This also means that there will be no delays with moving in, which could be the case with new homes that are still under construction.

Reasons to Buy a New Home

When you move into a new home, you are starting from scratch so you really have plenty of options available to personalise the place. They tend to give you more of a blank canvas which is not really the case with older properties. New builds tend to come fitted with modern, high-specification appliances, up to date heating systems and good insulation. And you don’t have to think about the time and expense involved in difficult DIY jobs. Not only this, they tend to be a lot more energy efficient which can save a great deal on heating bills. Many new home builder organisations are building communities as well as homes. It may not be an appealing prospect to move into an established neighbourhood, but rather one in which you can meet other first-time buyers that you can share experiences alongside.

Your Own Preferences

When you are in the process of searching for a new home, it is worth looking at both new and existing properties so you can get the fullest picture of what suits you the most. You may be interested in moving into a neighbourhood which has already been established and a home which has a sense of history and character. On the other hand, you may be interested in starting from scratch in a house that you can really put your own personal stamp on. Hopefully, this article will have helped you to weigh up the options in front of you so you can make a more informed decision.

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  1. 23rd September 2017 / 8:41 am

    I really don’t know which I’d pick. I love the idea of an older property with more character, but the thought of an older property scares me as I start to think about maintenance. I also love the idea of something brand new, but having no character puts me off. Who knows what we will do when the time comes. I guess it’s best to just go with your heart.

  2. 23rd September 2017 / 9:43 pm

    I love older homes. You generally get more outdoor space with old properties compared with new. The layout is often totally different. These days, new housing developments have so many houses crammed into them that there’s very little room for a garden.

    I would probably go for an old home.

  3. 24th September 2017 / 3:01 am

    This is a tricky situation. I love older things, that have stories to tell, but the thought of living in an old, ooold house kinda scares me. I keep playing questions in my head, what if the previous family wasn’t happy here, what if this, what if that …and the questions keep dancing in my head. I gues it’s best to listen to your heart. If it feel right, just do it. Buy it! ^_^

  4. 24th September 2017 / 3:01 am

    This is a tricky situation. I love older things, that have stories to tell, but the thought of living in an old, ooold house kinda scares me. I keep playing questions in my head, what if the previous family wasn’t happy here, what if this, what if that …and the questions keep dancing in my head. I gues it’s best to listen to your heart. If it feel right, just do it. Buy it! ^_^

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